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Dad Arrested for Giving Cannabis Oil to Cancer-Stricken Toddler


The Short of It

An Australian father who gave his cancer-stricken 2-year-old cannabis oil has been arrested, despite the fact that he swears the treatment has drastically improved her condition.

The Lowdown

Most parents would do just about anything to make their sick children feel better. This is what down under dad Adam Koessler was allegedly attempting to do when he fed cannabis oil to his daughter, Rumer Rose, who suffers from Stage 4 cancer.

"What we saw when Rumer was given the medical cannabis oil what nothing short of miraculous. Her cancer ridden little body was ALIVE AGAIN- Rumer had almost instant quality of life- She would say- "Daddy, tummys NOT SORE, She would be able to eat like a champion and began to gain weight, her energy was up and wanted to go outside with me instead of lay on her back with legs curled up. Her skin colour came back, her eyes were sparkling again. WE LOOKED AT EACH OTHER IN COMPLETE AMAZEMENT. Rumers delightful behaviour was restored. We were certain after seeing these results that her recovery was entirely possible,"
Koessler wrote on his GoFundMe page.

But medical marijuana is illegal in Australia. Koessler was arrested at a Brisbane hospital in early January. The charges are supplying dangerous drugs to a minor and possessing dangerous drugs.

Initially, the single dad wasn't even allowed to see Rumer following the arrest. But a judge has since ruled he can visit the child under medical supervision.

The Upshot

This case has garnered international attention, prompting online donations of more than $26,000 for the sick child's care, as well as nearly 30,000 social media followers.

Efforts are also underway to get medical marijuana legalized in Australia as soon as later this year.

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